Language Learning Strategies | #CleartheList January 2017 Eurolinguiste

I’d like to welcome you to #clearthelist. If you’re new around these parts, #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly goals, and by we, I mean myself, Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages, Kris Broholm of Actual Fluency, and Angel Pretot of French Lover.

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Last Month’s Highlights on Instagram

Last Month’s Blog Highlights


Tiananmen Square // Things to do in and around Beijing, China.

Language Learning

Why You Should Record Yourself Speaking Your Target Language // Because this is an incredible way to improve across the board.

Last Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // My list of words is slowly building. My WeChat account is constantly buzzing with answers about the words and phrases that I’ve asked friends for help with.

Read one more language related book. // Started one. It’s a grammar book, so there just wasn’t anyway I was going to finish this in a month since I’m actually doing all the exercises.

Keep playing Zelda Ocarina of Time in Mandarin Chinese. // Yup.

Get ahead reading my language reading challenge books. // I started working on my reading for this, but I wouldn’t say I’m ahead.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Slow and steady.

Start reading my other Pooh Bear book in Chinese // I’m on Chapter 4!

Find a new resource for Spanish. // I found one and now I just have to order it. The holidays have got me like *wait… where did the month go*.

Have something I’m reading that’s in French or Spanish. // Yes and yes. But I can’t tell until I start sharing the Language Reading Challenge posts. 😀

This Month’s Goals

Continue filling the gaps in my Mandarin vocabulary I’ve noticed since Little Linguist’s arrival. // As long as I’m still speaking to Little Linguist in Chinese, this one is here to stay.

Read one more language related book. // Get through at least six chapters of my grammar book that I started.

Keep playing Zelda Ocarina of Time in Mandarin Chinese. // It’s all about making language a part of my day-to-day life.

Get ahead reading my language reading challenge books. // I’ve been reading too many other things that were on my Want to Read list. It’s time to focus, now.

Keep working through my YouTube Queue.  // Because there are just so many language lessons in there I need to do!

Keep reading my other Pooh Bear book in Chinese // Since I did four chapters last month, my goal is to do another four chapters this month.

Actually order that new resource for Spanish. // Maybe I’ll have an Amazon gift card I can use from Christmas. 🙂

Have something I’m reading that’s in French or Spanish. // There’s this science fiction book I’ve been reading in French and I decided I don’t like it, so I need to stop trudging through it and either hurry up and finish it so I can read something I like better or just stop reading it and read something different.

Resources I Used This Month

A quick recap on the materials I am using.

What I Am Using to Learn Chinese

What I’m Using to Brush Up/Improve My French:

  • Immersion (we speak franglais at home)
  • Reading books written by French authors
  • Listening to French radio/podcasts
  • Chatting with family
  • Watching movies and other video in French

What I am Using to Learn Russian:

What I am Using to Learn Korean:

What I am Using to Learn Spanish:

The Biggest Lesson I Am Taking Away from This Month

I just really love languages. I love everything about them – the learning process, speaking them, meeting new people. Sometimes it’s just good to soak that in and appreciate that love so that it doesn’t burn out. I’m finding the more that I invest into my language learning, the more rewarding it is and the more I love doing it. Even the dreaded grammar exercises. And even if I’m not a professional translator or interpreter, sometimes it’s nice to just spend time working on things that make you happy BECAUSE they make you happy.

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  • Katie Harris

    Hi Shannon, great goals! I saw your Chinese notes on Pooh Bear – it looks like a fun resource and I was really impressed by how organised you are 🙂 Best of luck with your January goals!

    • Thanks Katie. It is a fun resource, but I am looking forward to when I can get to something a little more advanced. My parents bought me three of my favorite series in Chinese for Christmas (the first books at least) and I’m eagerly waiting for the day I’m ready for then. I’m really hoping that’s soon!

  • I love your biggest lesson from this month! 😉 Good luck for your languages in January! 🙂

  • Dorothée

    Good luck with your reading, Shannon. Personally, I can’t get back to reading for months now… Netflix killed my reading motivation XD now it is all watching!

    • Hi Dorothée, watching things in your target language, right? 😉 All kidding aside, I definitely understand getting addicted to different tv series!